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Survey shows expectant women afraid to take maternity leave
by Missy Jaramillo
When you confirm your pregnancy, you're likely going to be filled with emotions ranging from happiness to excitement. However, a new survey shows that not all expectant mothers are content with the fact that there's a baby on the way. Specifically, researchers found that much of this has to do with their job.
A survey issued by Quality Solicitors was able to find that about half of pregnant women fear telling their employer that they're pregnant. The experts also found that some women were scared of simply asking their company what its maternity policy is in fear of giving off the wrong impression. In many instances, women feel the need to go above and beyond for their employer, which means not taking months off to have a child.
"In today's economic climate, women are understandably concerned about job security," Craig Holt, representative from the law firm Quality Solicitors, told the news source. "Even more are unclear about their maternity rights, amid fears that even asking about a company's policy could affect their career."
Although there is legislation in place to ensure that no discrimination takes place at work as a result of pregnancy, a "Don't ask, don't tell" policy has seemingly developed over the years. Women are also finding it more challenging to identify their maternity benefits if they choose to conceive.
Beginning and ending maternity leave
While you might be hesitant to tell your employer you're pregnant, it's critical to focus on fetal development at this time and the prospect of bringing a new life into the world. Once you announce your news, you'll also feel more relief and be able to focus on the matter at hand - parenthood.
When your maternity leave begins, you can make the most of your time by enlisting helpers to assist with everything from feeding your newborn to watching him or her while you try to get some rest. As your maternity leave begins to wind down, look for a reliable childcare provider to help you adjust to your new life as a parent. Don't feel guilty for returning to work - the Mayo Clinic encouraged you to remember that you're doing what's best for your family.
How have you adjusted to life as a new parent in the past? Do you feel guilty about needing time off? Leave your feedback in the comments section!